A good way to start your research is to search for books, book chapters and eBooks on your research topic.
Search Omni to find books (and other materials) owned by the library. You may search by topic using keywords, author, title, or subject headings.
Use the filters in Omni to refine your search results, by format (e.g. books & eBooks). The filters are located along the left-hand side of the search results screen.
The default search in Omni is simple or Basic Search.
AND is used to combine keywords representing different concepts. Using AND ensures that all search terms are present in the results.
OR is used to combine related/synonymous keywords.
To search for a specific phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase.
Truncation is the process of adding an asterisk '*' to the end of a root word to get different variations on the word.
Use brackets to group terms. When you have more than on Boolean operator in a search statement, it is necessary to separate them with brackets. Operators enclosed in the brackets are performed first followed by the operators outside of the brackets.
Once you have your initial search results, you may want to narrow or broaden your search.
Narrow or refine your search by:
Broaden your search results by using OR between similar terms.
*Please note that the default search in Omni includes the holdings of Queen's University Library AND the physical holdings of our Omni partner libraries in Ontario.
You can Modify your search results by using the Filters list on the left side of the search screen.
Modify your results by Resource Type. For example, limit your search to Books & eBooks.
Use the Advanced Search option for more precise searching.
Using the drop-down options within the Advanced Search screen you can limit your search to specific fields and/or a combination of fields (Author, Title, Subject, Call number). You can also specify that your search words must be contained in the search field ("contains", "contains exact phrase" or "starts with." Modify by Resource Type.
When you find relevant results, note the subject headings assigned. Refining your search using the same subject heading terminology may yield more precise results.
If you are unsure of the correct subject heading(s) for your topic:
You can also do subject searches (using subject headings) in the Advanced Search page in Omni.
Some useful headings for this course: